Which film is the true story of a father and son jailed for a crime that they didn't commit?
"In the Name of the Father" (1993) is a film that tells the true saga of Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis). He was a petty thief in strife-torn '70s Belfast. Gerry's main interests were getting drunk and partying, much to the dismay of his quiet, frail father Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite). When Gerry angers the IRA, his father sends him to England and his antics land him in the wrong place at the wrong time. Innocent, but forced to confess to a savage terrorist bombing, he is sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the "Guildford Four". An innocent Giuseppe is also arrested and jailed, and while behind bars, Gerry slowly learns that his father's seeming weakness masks an unmatched inner strength and wisdom. Working with a fiercely dedicated lawyer (Emma Thompson as Gareth Peirce), Gerry is determined to prove his innocence, clear his father's name, and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events of the 20th century.
"In the Name of the Father" is a biographical courtroom drama which was co-written, produced, and directed by Jim Sheridan. The screenplay was written by Terry George and Sheridan. They based their work on 'Proved Innocent' by Gerry Conlon. The film was released and distributed by Universal Pictures in December 1993.
Many film critics were quick to note that Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis gives an impassioned performance. Lewis and this riveting drama mirror one man's 15-year struggle and ultimate triumph over a terrible injustice.